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Aboriginal Art Lesson - Boomerang Designs

 

The boomerang is an aerodynamic stick that was designed by Aboriginal people to be used as a weapon for hunting. It is shaped like two connected wings whose aerofoil design forces it to travel in a curve and return to the thrower. Boomerangs are also used for sport and ceremonial purposes. Today the boomerang is an Australian icon, and many are sold as indigenous artworks decorated with Aboriginal paintings and carvings.

Aboriginal Boomerang Designs

 

  • The symbols and images used to create our designs are taken from the two pages above. These illustrations, which were designed to support our Aboriginal Art project, are free to download and and print for your own use. The symbols and images are by no means exclusive and you should feel free to add your own.

Aboriginal Boomerang Design 1

 

Boomerang Image
Boomerang
Campsite Symbol
Campsite

To create our first design we have used the image of a boomerang from our sheet of Aboriginal Art Images along with the symbol for a campsite from our sheet of Aboriginal Art Symbols.

Our slide show below illustrates and explains the step by step process we have used to develop this design.

  • Slide Show
 
 
aboriginal-boomerang-design-3

(Click on the play buttons or swipe back and forward to explore each stage of our design.)

The step by step stages of the design:

  1. Draw a boomerang with a white color pencil on a black sheet of card.
  2. Paint the central section a brown ochre leaving the hand grips black.
  3. In the central section paint in three equal circles with black dots to form a symmetrical design.
  4. Paint concentric rings of red dots both inside and outside the black dot rings.
  5. Paint concentric rings of yellow dots both inside and outside the red dot rings
  6. Paint the concentric rings of a campsite symbol with white dots on the black grips.
  7. Mask the joins at the end of the grips with two stripes of light ochre.
  8. Carefully cut out the boomerang and frame it on a white sheet of card.

Once you understand how our design is constructed, you can use it as a model that you can adapt with other images, symbols and colors to create your own ideas.

Aboriginal Boomerang Design 2

 

Boomerang Image
Boomerang
Star Symbol
Star
Moon Symbol
Moon

To create our second design we have used the image of a boomerang from our sheet of Aboriginal Art Images along with the symbol for a campsite from our sheet of Aboriginal Art Symbols.

Our slide show below illustrates and explains the step by step process we have used to develop this design.

  • Slide Show
 
 
aboriginal-boomerang-design-1

(Click on the play buttons or swipe back and forward to explore each stage of our design.)

The step by step stages of the design:

  1. Draw a boomerang with a white color pencil on a black sheet of card.
  2. Paint the central section a dark blue leaving the hand grips black.
  3. Paint the Aboriginal symbol of a star in white in the centre of the boomerang.
  4. Paint the Aboriginal symbol for a moon at either side of the central section.
  5. Paint smaller Aboriginal symbols of a star in white on the black grips.
  6. Echo the shapes of the central moons and star with a line of light blue dots.
  7. Continue to echo the shapes with progressively darker lines of blue dots.
  8. Continue the pattern of blue dots to fill the central section.
  9. Paint a brighter blue pattern of smaller dots within each dot to create a sparkle.
  10. Mask the joins at the end of the grips with two stripes of light blue.
  11. Carefully cut out the boomerang and frame it on a white sheet of card.

Once you understand how our design is constructed, you can use it as a model that you can adapt with other images, symbols and colors to create your own ideas.

Aboriginal Boomerang Design 3

 

Boomerang Image
Boomerang
Sun Symbol
Sun
Serpent Image
Serpent

To create our third design we have used a boomerang and serpent from our sheet of Aboriginal Art Images along with a circular symbol to represent the sun.

Our slide show below illustrates and explains the step by step process we have used to develop this design.

  • Slide Show
 
 
aboriginal-boomerang-2

(Click on the play buttons or swipe back and forward to explore each stage of our design.)

The step by step stages of the design:

  1. Draw a boomerang with a white color pencil on a black sheet of card.
  2. Draw a sun symbol flanked by two symmetrical serpents to fill the central area.
  3. Draw a smaller serpent on each grip to complete a symmetrical layout.
  4. In the central section, echo the shape of the sun and serpents in line.
  5. Continue to echo their shapes until the central section is filled.
  6. Paint the sun a bright symbolic yellow.
  7. Paint the first echoed shapes a deeper yellow.
  8. Paint the remaining echoed shapes in progressively darker tones.
  9. Paint the smaller serpents on each grip white.
  10. Emphasise the outline of each snake in white dots and the echoed shapes in yellow.
  11. Mask the joins at the end of the grips with two stripes of white.
  12. Carefully cut out the boomerang and frame it on a white sheet of card.

Once you understand how our design is constructed, you can use it as a model that you can adapt with other images, symbols and colors to create your own ideas.

 

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